Pro-con: Should Victoria store water below ground?

Victoria Advocate, March 15, 2015

Texas’ near-record drought has forced public officials to take action to secure water for their communities.

The city of Victoria has looked at several options, including limiting water use and using groundwater exchange. An underground reservoir could help position the city to better handle another dry spell.

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Central Texas Drought Is Worst on Record

Circle of Blue, February 25, 2015

On February 18, the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) in Texas, a water supplier to power plants and farms, and to Austin, the fast-growing capital, announced that the deep drought that has gripped the state’s Colorado River watershed since 2008 is the worst on record.

Along with California, which is grappling with its own water crisis, the two largest states in the country face historic dry periods that are testing in new ways the ability of managers to provide adequate supplies to swelling populations in an era of scarce precipitation.

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Upriver, a dispute brews on the Colorado over proposed dam

Austin American Statesman, February 20, 2015

Several years ago, at the height of the current drought, the river essentially dried up here, killing off 12,000 of the 100,000 pecan trees that belong to the Leonard family. The nearby town of Goldthwaite, 100 miles northwest of Austin and also dependent on Colorado River water, came within 90 days of losing its water supply altogether.

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LCRA: Current drought worst on record for Central Texas

KXAN, February 18, 2015

AUSTIN (KXAN) – The ongoing drought impacting Central Texas’ Highland Lakes is the worst the region has experienced since the lakes were built in the 1930s, according to data from the Lower Colorado River Authority presented at a Wednesday meeting. Preliminary LCRA data shows the Highland Lakes are in a new “critical period,” drier than the 1947-57 drought previously considered the worst on record. The Highland Lakes include lakes Travis, Buchanan, Inks, LBJ and Austin. Lakes Travis and Buchanan serve as the primary water supply for the city of Austin and several other Central Texas cities.

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Conference Materials: 2015 Central Texas Water Conservation Symposium

Seton Administrative Offices
1345 Philomena Street
Austin, TX
February 11, 2015
8:30 AM - 3:15 PM

The 5th Annual Central Texas Water Conservation Symposium theme was  “Dive Deep Into Water Conservation.” Attendees learned about: -Designing successful demand management programs -Developing regional and local guidelines for drought tolerant landscapes -Advancing innovative approaches to efficient water use at a large commercial facility -Connecting water and energy consumption to promote water conservation -Using social […]

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Can sun and wind make more salt water drinkable?

National Geographic NewsWatch, February 3, 2015

Records dating to A.D. 200 show that sailors boiled seawater and used sponges to absorb fresh water from the steam. Today, desalination is more sophisticated: multistage flash distillation, reverse osmosis, electrodialysis, and more.

But one thing hasn’t changed since the time of the ancient mariners: It takes a lot of energy to squeeze drinkable water from salt water. So even though more than 70 percent of the Earth’s surface is covered with water, civilization has quenched its thirst mainly by tapping the one percent of world water that is unfrozen and fresh.

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An oral history: War & peace over the Edwards Aquifer

Rivard Report, January 21, 2015

Three years ago, the undeclared Edwards Aquifer water war came to an end after a half century of regional conflict that pitted San Antonio and dozens of regional entities against one another in a feud that divided generations of neighbors.

For decades, San Antonio, as the largest user of aquifer water, was the most resented in a world of self-serving rivalries among the region’s agricultural interests, small towns and area counties, river authorities and water districts, downstream users, and environmentalists.

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Parched by drought, cities look to tap the ocean

January 12, 2015

by  Verne Kopytoff

A seawater desalination plant under construction near San Diego will be the nation’s largest when complete. Is it really necessary?

After three years of drought, California’s reservoirs are filled with more mud than water. Many farmers can’t irrigate their fields and have no choice but to leave them fallow.

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Conference Materials: SWIFT Funding Workshop: Focus on Water Conservation

Houston-Galveston Area Council (HGAC)
3555 Timmons, Suite 120
Houston, TX 77027
January 7, 2016
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM (Check-in 9:30 - 10:00)

The workshop provided an opportunity to explore funding options available form the Texas Water Development Board with a primary focus on water conservation. Water experts provided the ins and outs on the SWIFT application process through case studies and lessons learnt from the past. Speakers Included: • Mike Turco, Harris Galveston Subsidence District • Micah Reed, City of Fort Worth […]

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Price of harvesting oysters costly to bays, consumers

Victoria Advocate, December 18, 2014

Estuaries damaged by hurricanes and drought are driving up the cost of oysters.

On Tuesday, oyster boats pulled into Seadrift marina expecting to get $30 for a sack, or about 260 market-sized oysters. But boats were bringing in less than half their daily limit. After nine hours of work, harvesters were lucky to have 25 sacks.

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